This documentation is for Dovecot v2.x, see wiki1 for v1.x documentation.

Rootless Installation

It's possible to make Dovecot run under a single system user without requiring root privileges at any point. This shouldn't be thought of as a security feature, but instead simply as a way for non-admins to run Dovecot in their favorite mail server. It's also useful if you just wish to test Dovecot without messing up your system.

If you think of this as a good way to achieve security, ask yourself which is worse:




Install somewhere under home directory:

./configure --prefix=$HOME/dovecot
make install

Dovecot is then started by running ~/dovecot/sbin/dovecot. The example configuration file exists in ~/dovecot/share/doc/dovecot/example-config/ and needs to be copied to ~/dovecot/etc/dovecot/.


The important settings to change for rootless installation are:

None: HowTo/Rootless (last edited 2019-06-05 11:56:41 by MarttiRannanjarvi)